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Commonwealth Games: Jason Morgan gets discus bronze

Observer Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:19
GLASGOW, Scotland – Jamaica’s national record holder Jason Morgan won bronze in the men's discus with a best throw of 62.34 metres at the 20th Commonwealth Games Thursday.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 preview video

Guardian Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:16
Captains of international women's rugby squads competing in the World Cup look ahead to the upcoming tournament in Paris. England's captain Katy McLean says women's rugby has grown phenomenally thanks to the 2010 World Cup in London and hopes that the game will benefit even more from the tournament in Paris. Matches will take place on 1, 5, 9 and 13 August with the final set for 17 August at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris Continue reading...

Commonwealth Games: Livermore, Dwyer, Weir in 200m final

Observer Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:10
GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaica’s Jason Livermore made a fighting run to win semi-final heat one in 20.47, which puts him into the final later Thursday.

Commonwealth Games: Calvert, Henry-Robinson, McLaughlin through to women’s 200m final

Observer Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:05
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Jamaica's Schillonie Calvert (22.97secs) won her semi-final heat of the women's 200m a short while ago to book her place in the final slated for later today.

UPDATE: Police probing reported suicide of 12-y-o

Observer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Granville Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of 12-year-old Jabari Erskine, of Fairfield Estate, Granville in St James.

If boxing is reduced to knockout punches what sort of sport is it?

Guardian Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:51

The new US venture, Big Knockout Boxing, is designed to encourage more knockouts, but do we want to support a sport that is set up to give it participants traumatic brain injuries?

Boxing, like most combat sports, hardly qualifies for the second part of that descriptor. Its violence with a thin veil of organisation. So it might sound funny that, as a boxing writer, I found the press release for Big Knockout Boxing disturbing.

In case you havent been paying attention to the latest developments in futuristic bloodsports, Big Knockout Boxing is a slightly tweaked version of the original Queensberry Rules, developed and owned by US cable company DIRECTV. The aforementioned press release described it thusly:

BKB is an aggressive new sport, matching up two fighters who face off in The Pit, a smaller fighting surface that forces more pound-for-pound action than traditional boxing. Shorter, two-minute rounds encourage aggressive punching and reward offensive fighters. Those who prefer a more defensive style of fighting need not apply.

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Gov't allocates $57m for Grand Gala celebration

Observer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:48
KINGSTON, Jamaica —Government has allocated $57 million for the staging of the Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Wednesday, August 6.

Commonwealth Games 2014: day eight live!

Guardian Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:47

1.47pm BST

Gibraltas Julian Bellido is the clubhouse leader in the mens individual time-trial. The reason being that hes the first man to finish. His time is 58min 49.28sec which will be way off what the medal hopefuls will post when they go off later on.

1.43pm BST

Hows the medal table looking, you ask? Like this

1.38pm BST

The English diver Jack Laugher, who won gold in the mens 1m springboard yesterday, has qualified for the final of the 3m springboard. Take that Jason Statham.

Really happy I was able to carry on my good form this morning. Bring on the final! pic.twitter.com/npdvYBkksU

1.32pm BST

Chris Boardman has just described part of Glasgows time-trial circuit as a false flat. Jonathan Wilson has got a lot to answer for. What next? An inside-out rider?

1.30pm BST

Earlier in the day, in the womens time-trial, Englands Emma Pooley was denied Commonwealth Games gold in the womens individual time trial as her penultimate race ended with silver. Heres the report:

On Tuesday, the 31-year-old London-born rider announced her intention to retire after Sundays road race, in which she will support Lizzie Armitstead.

Pooley had individual ambitions first in the 29.6km time-trial, which began and finished at Glasgow Green, and led at every time check before finishing in 42min 31.49sec.

1.25pm BST

The weather around the Glasgow time-trial circuit looks particularly changeable. Parts of the course are dry and parts of it are gathering puddles as heavy showers break out hither and thither.

1.22pm BST

So what are the highlights today? Well, David Rudisha, who spectacularly smashed the 800m world record at London 2012, runs in the 800m final tonight at 7.50pm. The womens diving preliminaries are currently under way but the final will be worth watching tonight at 7.40pm, where Englands Tonia Couch fresh from winning silver in the synchronised 10m platform yesterday will hope to add to her medal collection. She jumps in the 10m platform with Englands 13-year-old Victoria Vincent also through.

But for now the mens individual time-trial is what Ill be keeping my eye on, with Scotlands David Millar aiming to win a medal in the final season of his 17-year career. It is probably one of the biggest events of my life, Millar told Andy Bull. Especially where it is in my career. Whether it would mean so much to me if I was 18, well it would still be massively important to me, but I am 37. This is the end. His best chance is in the road race on Sunday. But who knows what extra he may get from riding on home tarmac. He goes off last, at around 2.30pm. Also, keep an eye on Geraint Thomas of Wales.

1.09pm BST

Afternoon. Well, what have we got for you today then? Loads of stuff

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Womens Rugby World Cup 2014: Englands Katy Mclean urges final push

Guardian Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:45
Having suffered defeat by New Zealand in the final of the 2010 tournament, held on home soil, England and their captain in particular are determined to avoid the same mistakes

England womens rugby team begin their World Cup campaign against Samoa in Paris on Friday with the squads mix of youth and experience suggesting they have the right blend to reach the final on 17 August.

Five of the 26-strong party are taking part in their third World Cup, while nine are making their debuts at this level. All will be led by Katy Mclean who, as one of the five competing at their World Cup No3, has called on the newer members of the party to enjoy the experience.

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Argentina blames US for debt default

BBC - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:40
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Antigua Attorney General to face court for passport fraud

Observer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:35
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – An Antigua magistrate Thursday committed newly appointed Attorney General Steadroy ‘Cuttie’ Benjamin to face trial on October 1 on allegations of passport fraud.

Pardew retains interest in QPR's Remy

BBC Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:22
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is still interested in a deal for QPR striker Loic Remy, after a move to Liverpool collapsed.

US scientists indentify ‘suicide’ gene

Observer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:16
WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- US scientists have identified a gene mutation that appears to be common in people who attempt or commit suicide, a finding that could lead to a blood test to predict risk.

England beat India by 266 runs to secure first Test win in a year

Guardian Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:02
England 569-7dec & 205-4dec; India 330 & 178
Alastair Cooks team level five-Test series at 1-1

Moeen Ali and Jimmy Anderson led Englands surge to a series-levelling 266-run victory with more than two sessions to spare in the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Anderson set aside any concerns over the disciplinary proceedings he must face on Friday morning, over his spat with Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test at Trent Bridge, to provide England with the early impetus in the final straight. The seamer finished with match figures of seven for 77, after taking the first two of six wickets England still needed to make it 1-1 with two Tests to play. Anderson may well be absent, depending on the outcome of his hearing, when the teams rejoin battle on his home ground at Old Trafford next week.

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Leeds prop Leuluai to stay for 2015

BBC Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:55
Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai extends his rolling contract with the club until the end of the 2015 season.

England win to level India series

BBC Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:52
England wrap up a 266-run victory over India in the third Test at Southampton to level the series at 1-1.

Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

Observer Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.

VIDEO: England claim lawn bowls bronze

BBC Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:47
In the deciding contest England beat Scotland 13-12 to win bronze in the Lawn Bowls open triples B6/B7/B8 at Kelvingrove.

Sierra Leone president declares state of emergency over Ebola

Stabroek - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:45
FREETOWN, (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly...

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Champions League warning for Man Utd

BBC Sport - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:37
Manchester United's £750m kit deal will be cut if they fail to qualify for the Champions League in consecutive seasons.